Why aren't you keeping up at your job? This could explain it. "The 10 Reasons You're Not Getting Your Work Done," from

You have too many distractions
A recent survey found that 66 percent of senior executives and managers say cell phones and e-mail is one of the biggest distractions in the workplace, followed by the drama crisis of the day and personal interruptions.

You don't have the resources you need
A carpenter needs a hammer, an accountant needs an adding machine and most office workers need a computer. Nevertheless, new employees don't always have what they need to hit the ground running.

You don't know what you're doing
Either the assignment wasn't clearly stated by your employer (you don't know what to do) or you haven't been trained properly (you don't know how to do it).

You have too much work
Some people have so much work on their plates they couldn't do everything on their "to do" list even if they worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This may happen in any job, but particularly in fields facing a shortage of workers.

You have poor time management skills
Workers with good time-management skills do what's most important, while those with poor time-management skills work on what looks most fun or easy -- then frantically try to catch up on important work that has become urgent because the fun and easy work was done first.

You're procrastinating
Why put off until tomorrow what you can do today? Actually, you may have a good reason -- to avoid pain. When we procrastinate, it's often because we're afraid the job or the outcome will be unpleasant.

You feel undervalued
if you think you're underpaid and unappreciated, chances are you aren't giving 100 percent. Consciously or not, many employees try to "balance the scales" to ensure that what they give the employer is equal to what the employer gives them.

Your company's priorities keep changing
You are working on Project A when the boss says, "drop everything and work on Project B." When this happens, it may feel you're not getting any work done, but your employer may feel otherwise.

You're burned out
Burnout in the workplace is defined in as emotional exhaustion resulting from overwhelming stress at work. It may be caused by a hostile work environment or fears about job security, but it is often results from long hours, stressful deadlines, high expectations, worrying about a project or taking on more work than you can handle -- in other words, working too hard.

Your "reward" for completing the job will be more work
What happens if you consistently go the extra mile to do exceptional work ahead of schedule? Oddly enough, many companies "reward" their hardest working employees with more work. Instead of time off, a bonus or another benefit, productive employees are only given more work to do. If this happens in your company, it's no wonder you're not feeling motivated to work hard.


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